It's remarkable to me when movies like this get praised as "anti-war" masterpieces. This is the kind of poetic romanticization of war, even admitting its horrors, that keeps the "soldier" in place as the (ideologically) true hero of society. Critical quibbles aside, it's one of the best photographed war films I've seen. They still praise movies for doing exactly what this film does (i.e. Dunkirk).
That was extremely upsetting. The last ten minutes are one of the most brutal sequences any person could ever be asked to watch, and the battles have a terrifying energy in them that wasn't seen again in film until Saving Private Ryan. I'm very glad that was on display for the festival. Now I want to track down Bernard's Les Miserable.
Way better than All Quiet on the Western Front, making it the definitive world war 1 movie?Gritty, harrowing and desperate even. A war movie that makes me not want to go to war. One of my favorite war movies period. (Oh Yeah. .Paths of Glory is better but it's a ww1 film made after ww2 so in a different classification. Wooden Crosses is great though.)
This is just one of the best war films ever. It stands out as an example of how effective early visual effects could be. The film is a wonderful anti-war statement as well and way ahead of its time. I am so glad Criterion/Eclipse put out the Bernard set because this and his version of Les Miserables are just brilliant. 'Wooden Crosses' easily went into my top 20 of all time after the first time I saw it.